Early Silent Films
A selection of some of the earliest silent films. They are unidentified, but the first, The Car, looks like it came from Melies while the second, The Derby, is probably from the Lumiere Brothers. There is a paper print from Edison, and a very telling shot of Tsar Nicholas and entourage parading in front of the peasants in 1911. His days were numbered at that time.
January 22, 2017
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April 21, 2011
So very enjoyable!
Th creativity of these early camera operators is quite profound. Pre-dating many recognized creative geniuses with the use of close-ups, animation, "flying cara" etc. Thanks for sharing.
January 31, 2011
Identifying the films
Nice selection of early films.
The Car is very reminiscent of Melies but was Robert W. Paul.
Information from IMDb:
The (?) Motorist 1906 aka Questionmark Motorist, Robert W. Paul
The Derby 1896, Robert W. Paul
The Big Swallow 1901, Williamson Kinematograph Company
Girls Swinging appears to be 1897 not 1902
The only Czar Nicholas II might be Lumiere 1896
I hope this helps.